de Bruyn steps down at Leicestershire CCC

Leicestershire CCC has announced that Head Coach Pierre de Bruyn has stepped down with immediate effect. Graeme Welch and John Sadler will take charge of first team affairs until the end of the 2017 season.

The 40-year-old de Bruyn initially joined Leicestershire CCC as Second XI and Assistant Skills Coach ahead of the 2016 season. He then became Assistant Coach before being announced as Leicestershire CCC’s Head Coach at the end of the 2016 campaign.

During de Bruyn’s time in charge of the club, the Foxes qualified for the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals and came close to making the knockout stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

de Bruyn said: “I would like to thank the Board of Directors for the great opportunity to become Head Coach of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, it has been a fantastic experience.

“I have enjoyed my time here and thank everybody at Leicestershire CCC for their support. I wish the club the best for the future and am now looking forward to the next challenge in my career.”

Leicestershire CCC Chairman Paul Haywood said: “The Board of Directors place on record its thanks to Pierre for his hard work and efforts over the last two years but it has been mutually agreed that it is the right time for a change in the Head Coach position.

“On behalf of the whole of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, I would like to wish Pierre all the very best for the future.”